Datça is located on the peninsula stretching to the Mediterranean and Aegean, between the Gulfs of Gökova and Hisarönü in Southwest Anatolia. Datça Peninsula, which is the westernmost tip of Muğla province, is a special environmental protection zone.
During your journey to Paradise Datça, where you will have a holiday without sweating with its history, nature, clean sea, 300 sunny days a year, and most importantly, with plenty of oxygen, you will realize that everything is changing when you pass Balıkaşiran, the place where the Mediterranean and the Aegean come closest to each other, and start climbing by car. You will notice, you will encounter breathtaking views among forest-covered mountains. You will be fascinated by the exquisite landscapes stretching to the Mediterranean and the Aegean, among the beautiful scents emanating from a thousand and one plants such as thyme, laurel, pine, sage, and chamomile.
You will come across a date variety called “Phoenix Theophrasti”, which is thought to be found only in Crete in the world, with the name Datça Date in our country, while passing through the Eksera Valley among the greenery during your journey.
You will see that smiling and friendly people are waiting for you in the clean hotels and pensions where you will stay in Datça. Kumluk, Hastanesialtı Beaches and the thermal lake at Taşlık Beach, which you can reach on foot in Datça, offer you various swimming opportunities. Again, 3 km from the center of Datça. You can swim with pleasure in Kargı Bay at a distance. You can join the Knidos tour with daily boats or you can go on a blue cruise for a few days between dreamy coves with a yacht.
Datça and its surroundings also offer various opportunities for those who love hiking. You can walk on the paths among pine, daisy, thyme and almond trees and among the coves. If you are thinking of an alternative other than the beach, you can visit Old Datça, which attracts the appreciation of local and foreign people with its old stone houses, Hızırşah Mahallesi with its mosque from the Menteşeoğulları Principality, Reşadiye with its old teş houses, Kızlan Mahallesi with its windmills. If you want to reach the Aegean, you can see Karaköy (Körmen Harbor) and the windmill. Or Palamutbuku, Hayitbuku, Ovabuku etc. You can go and return to the bays by various daily vehicles. You can also join daily tours to Symi Island from Datça Port during the summer months.
Surrounded by the sea on three sides and a peninsula where the Mediterranean and the Aegean meet, Datça is one of the most unique holiday resorts on the south coast of Turkey. The 235 km coastline of the peninsula is adorned with indented and protruding coves, large and small, like lace. Sometimes surrounded by steep rocks, sometimes by beautiful beaches. There are exactly 52 bays. There are small islets in front of some of the bays. Some of the bays are quite large and have long sandy beaches, some are pebbly, but all are immaculate.
The Datça Peninsula is a large peninsula that starts from the narrowest part of the peninsula from the port of Bencik, passes through Balıkaşiran district and extends to Knidos. The distance between Bencik port on the side facing the Hisarönü Gulf and Bördübet on the side facing the Gulf of Gökova is as low as 800 meters in this narrowest place, which looks like it will break on the map.
Geography scholar Strabon said, “God sends his beloved servant to Datça Peninsula to live a long life.” This is not a word spoken in vain. According to a story told in the region: 4-5 hundred years ago, Spanish pirates decided to throw the leprosy patients on the ship while passing by Datça and left them in Sarıliman Bay. The lepers, who were left to die, were healed by the oxygen-rich air of Datça, and their wounds were healed. It is not known whether the story is true or not, but it is a fact that Datça’s climate makes people healthy.
The climate of Datça is a paradise peninsula where you can have a holiday without sweating with its natural micro-climate feature and its clean air with plenty of oxygen and almost no winter season. It is one of 100 points of the earth that urgently need protection, as determined by the World Environment Foundation in 1999.
Since the climate of Datça is between 12-14 degrees during the winter months, it actually has a long holiday period with its mild climate. Almond trees, which begin to bloom in January, greet spring standing as if wearing a wedding dress. Then colorful anemones bloom; you can see all the tones of blue, purple, white and pink. Mimosas, daisies, poppies create a riot of colors. With its rich flora and fauna, it allows many endemic plants to live.
The traditionally held Open Sea Swimming Marathon in mid-February since 2007 is also proof of its beautiful and mild climate.
Fisherman of Halicarnassus Cevat Şakir said, “Climate in Datça is at full human height. Neither the heat nor the cold exceed the limits of human tolerance. How beautifully he described it by saying, “There is no way to fix the climate with a coat, stove or fan.”
Transportation to Datça, the pearl of the Aegean, is usually done by road. If you want to come by plane, there is still a small distance to use the road. After landing at Dalaman Airport, a 160 km road will be waiting for you with a 3-hour journey. If you land at Bodrum Airport, a 234 km road will be waiting for you with a 4-hour journey. If you choose the sea voyage, you will have to take a 2-hour sea journey by ferry from Bodrum to Datça. If you want to come by ferry, especially in the summer and if you want to come with your car, our advice to you is that you do not forget to book your place from Bodrum Ferry Management 2-3 days in advance.
Distances to Datça:
Datca – Marmaris: 70 km. (1 hour 15 min)
Datça – Muğla: 125 km. (2 hours)
Datca – Izmir 355 km. (6-7 hours)
Datca – Istanbul 882 km. (14 hours)
Datca – Ankara 708 km. (11 hours)